Physics professors Corinne Manogue and Tevian Dray (primary appointment in Mathematics but he’s ours too!) have been named the 2016 Outstanding Educators in Science and Mathematics, Higher Education by the Oregon Academy of Sciences.  This award reflects their long-term commitment to student learning at OSU and nationally. Yay Corinne and Tevian!!!


See a longer story here.

Corinne Manogue
Corinne Manogue
Tevian Dray
Tevian Dray


Physics professors Matt Graham and David McIntyre will each receive General Research Fund (GRF) awards this year. The competitive, university-wide award enables faculty to launch new research projects in their fields of expertise to attract more funding sources, as the project expands, and to help develop ambitious research/scholarly activities. Each research project was awarded annual funds of approximately $10,000. This year the Research Office chose 6 projects from a pool of 15 proposals.


Matt Graham
Department of Physics
“Filming the Growth Morphology of Graphene with Video-Rate Transient Absorption of Microscopy”

dave-mcintyre-e1454960856313David McIntyre
Department of Physics
“Micromechanical Evolution of Growing Tumors”

Congratulations to physics majors Ryan Bailey-Crandell and Jeremy Meinke who were chosen to receive Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) Awards for Winter/Spring 2016. The awards are sponsored by the OSU Research Office. A total of $18,000 was awarded to 15 undergraduate students whose proposals for independent research were clear and compelling.


Ryan Bailey-Crandell (pictured on left) will work with Prof. Ethan Minot (Physics) on a project titled “Graphene Biosensors made from h-BN Heterostructures”.


Jeremy Meinke (pictured on right) will work with Prof. Weihong Qiu, (Physics) on a project titled “Molecular Mechanism of the Processive Movement and Directionality of FRA1”

In additional news,  Ethan Minot and Oksana Ostroverkhova have been nominated for the Carter Graduate Teaching award. That makes 4 our our faculty nominated for awards this year. The envelopes will be opened at the annual College Awards ceremony on Tuesday January 12, 2016 at 4:30 PM in the Horizons Room at the MU.   Please consider going to support the Physics Team. or 541-737-4717 Heidi

Chris Coffin and KC Walsh have both been nominated for the Carter Teaching Award.  The envelope will be opened at the annual College Awards ceremony on Tuesday January 12, 2016 at 4:30 PM in the Horizons Room at the MU.   Please consider going to support the Physics Team. or 541-737-4717


Prof. Janet Tate has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

“For contributions to structural, transport, and optical properties of a wide variety of electronic and superconducting materials.”

The American Physical Society is the national representative for the 50,000 industrial and academic physicists in the US.  Only 0.5% of APS members are Fellows of the Society at any given time.

Prof. Janet Tate and graduate student Bethany Matthews.
Prof. Janet Tate and graduate student Bethany Matthews.

On Monday Prof. Janet Tate received the F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science.


Janet Tate receiving the Gilfillan Award
Janet Tate receiving the Gilfillan Award

Her research interests are in thin-film semiconductors for energy-related applications. Her group deposits thin films by physical vapor deposition, mostly pulsed laser deposition, and studies their structural, optical and electrical and thermal transport properties.

Over the past few years her group has created new methods of doping conductors to achieve a wide range of conductivities, with applications from solar cells to transparent transistors and have demonstrated some of the highest conductivities in p-type transparent oxides and sulfide thin films. Such behavior is more difficult to achieve with positive (p-type) carriers, than with negative (n-type) carriers, and her work has been very important in developing the field of transparent electronics, a major technology based partially on basic research done by Prof. Tate and her collaborators at OSU.

For more details on the award, see the College of Science story about the awards ceremony:

For more details on Prof. Tate’s research see her lab site:


Jeremiah Hauth is the recipient of the 2015 Hetherington Scholarship in the Department of Physics.


The Hetherington Scholarship was established by Ann and Bill Hetherington.  Bill is an emeritus faculty member in physics who realized while teaching that some of his students were working many hours to support themselves while also studying and doing research.  This scholarship  is intended to reduce the need for highly talented students to work so that they can focus on scholarship.